North America

  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks, Survey Shows

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. maritime industry as a whole is not prepared to respond to today’s cyber threats, putting it at severe risk of being targeted, according to a new maritime cyber security survey of key maritime stakeholders.
  • FMCSA Plans to Expand Off-Site Carrier Audits to All 50 States Over Next Year

    Nov 8, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next year plans to expand implementation of its “off-site safety audit” review process from 10 test states to all 50 states, officials said.
  • Final demurrage and detention report on track

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission remains on schedule to deliver the final report of recommendations from its demurrage and detention investigation, known as Fact Finding 28, by Dec. 2, said Commissioner Rebecca Dye.
  • CBP to require advance manifest for truck shipments

    Nov 7, 2018 — Submission of an advance electronic manifest will be required for de minimis shipments arriving in the U.S. via commercial truck starting Jan. 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday. CBP will start issuing penalties for carriers that “make no attempt” to comply with the electronic manifest requirement. First offenses will incur a fine of $5,000, and subsequent offenses will incur fines of $10,000.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication Implemented for Access to TMSS effective November 18, 2018

    Nov 5, 2018 — Effective November 18, 2018, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be implemented for access to the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) system. MFA provides an increased layer of security by requiring an additional method of authentication when accessing a system.
  • Export-Bound Shipping Container Explodes at Port of Los Angeles Terminal

    Nov 2, 2018 — U.S. officials are investigating an explosion inside an export-bound shipping container at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal on Tuesday evening. As a result of the explosion, the terminal was evacuated and officials investigated additional containers believed to be carrying the same scrap metal.
  • Shipping from China to U.S. West Coast is not so cheap anymore

    Nov 1, 2018 — Peak season 2018 broke a new threshold in terms of ocean freight spot rates: It is now as expensive to transport a product from China to North America's West Coast as it was to ship to the East Coast during last year's peak season.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks

    Oct 25, 2018 — Rapidly evolving technologies deployed throughout the U.S. maritime industry to increase efficiencies and competitiveness present significant cybersecurity risks, which the industry is unprepared to shoulder.
  • Port, rail and intermodal funding bill garners support

    Oct 25, 2018 — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on Wednesday voiced support for legislation designed to enhance the nation’s freight systems with investments in ports, railways and intermodal hubs.
  • Proposed Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades Would Double Pilot Costs for Carriers

    Oct 23, 2018 — A proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services at Port Everglades, Florida will raise average pilotage by more than 100 percent on average for shipping lines that call frequently at the port, according to an analysis by Crowley Maritime Corporation, the port’s largest tenant.
  • Hurricane Florence And Hurricane Michael U.S. Gulf Coast And U.S. East Coast: Latest information and how to help

    Oct 19, 2018 — The images of Hurricane Michael’s debris and devastation are heartbreaking, especially when they are combined with what we have already been seeing come out of the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. And there is no sugar-coating how long and difficult the path to recovery will be. There’s so much to do that it’s difficult to know where to start.
  • Freight-Related Startups, Tech Firms Continue to Attract Investment

    Oct 18, 2018 — Interest in freight-related startups and technology continues to grow, as evidenced by several recent investment deals as well as a first-of-its-kind Founders Camp whereby representatives from 20 startup firms met with trucking executives and shippers in Chattanooga, Tenn., to exchange ideas for new products and services.
  • The End of Cheap Shipping From China

    Oct 18, 2018 — The White House wants to put an end to low-cost shipping from overseas, a move widely supported among U.S. e-commerce sellers.
  • Household Goods Moves out of Tyndall AFB, FL Due to Hurricane Michael

    Oct 17, 2018 — IAM was informed today by JPPSO-SC of the potential for a large number of household goods shipments originating from Tyndall AFB, FL in the near future. Due to significant damage to Tyndall AFB from Hurricane Michael, the Air Force expects to PCS almost the entire military/dependent population out of Tyndall.
  • Federal U.S. Rule Will Allow States to Waive Permit Tests for Veterans

    Oct 17, 2018 — A new federal rule will allow state driver’s licensing agencies to waive the requirement of the commercial learner’s permit test for individuals who worked in a military position that required operating a truck within the last year.
  • Barges and rails viewed by New York City as a means to get trucks off city streets

    Oct 15, 2018 — Several projects to shift truck traffic on to barges, and several other more general goals to meet the same target, are part of the Freight NYC project that is being implemented by New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.
  • HOS Rules Relaxed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

    Oct 11, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration relaxed hours-of-service regulations in eight states as Hurricane Michael made landfall, battering the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds. Administrators at FMCSA’s Southern Service Centers on Oct. 9 declared a state of emergency in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Post-ELD mandate update: trucking market has added 4% more trucks since April 1, 2018

    Oct 8, 2018 — There have a lot of questions regarding the state of capacity in the trucking market and whether the market is adding capacity or losing it. The surge of new truck orders suggests that the industry is growing, but most of the answers to date have been subjective.
  • Warehouse Hiring Soars in a Growing Rush for Logistics Workers

    Oct 8, 2018 — U.S. logistics hiring surged in September at the fastest pace in a year, as warehousing and transportation companies ramping up for peak season added 23,800 jobs.
  • Port of San Diego continues recovery from cyberattack

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of San Diego continues to work with federal, state and local officials to investigate and repair the damage from a ransomware cyberattack uncovered last week. The port commission is expected to get a closed-door briefing on the attack at its Tuesday meeting, according to a spokesperson. While the port has continued to operate, some of its computers and information technology systems remain disabled.
  • New Owners to Redevelop Former Avondale Shipyard Site Into Logistics Hub

    Oct 6, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced the closing of the sale of the former Avondale Shipyards site to Avondale Marine, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has to redevelop the New Orleans-area property into a global logistics hub.
  • Scheduled railroading could improve North American freight-rail service

    Oct 4, 2018 — North American railroads' growing interest in precision scheduled railroading has the potential to improve flagging service levels, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service.
  • Port of San Diego hit with ransomware attack

    Oct 1, 2018 — Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said: "The Port of San Diego is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident first reported on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.”
  • FMC plans demurrage and detention report field interviews

    Oct 1, 2018 — Commissioner Rebecca Dye of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, as part of “phase two” of the agency’s ongoing Fact Finding 28 demurrage and detention investigation, will hold field interviews in Southern California and Southern Florida in October.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.
  • CBP outlines ACE enhancements on deck

    Sep 26, 2018 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday announced a set of enhancements that it plans to make to its umbrella computer system, known as the Automated Commercial Environment or ACE.
  • Premiere Van Lines President Walt Peniuk Runs from Toronto to Washington, DC for #iamovers

    Sep 24, 2018 — Premiere Van Lines President and adventure enthusiast Walt Peniuk will be taking on one of his greatest challenges yet by trekking from Mississauga, Canada, to National Harbor for this year's IAM Annual Meeting. Walt is running and biking the entire distance to raise fund for IAM's new charity, IAM Here 2 Help. He is collecting funds at his Crowdrise page.
  • ALAN coordinates logistics response to Hurricane Florence

    Sep 20, 2018 — The American Logistics Aid Network continues to receive requests for – and offers of – warehousing and logistics services to support hurricane response.
  • Southcom Lends Helping Hand Through Humanitarian Assistance Programs

    Sep 20, 2018 — U.S. Southern Command’s humanitarian assistance program conducts Defense Department-approved activities within its area of responsibility in conjunction with partner nations to alleviate human suffering, disease, hunger and privation, particularly in regions where those needs may pose major challenges to the civilian populace.
  • FMCSA schedules HOS listening session this weekend

    Sep 19, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session Sept. 22 on potential changes to its Hours of Service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers. The listening session takes place at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV from 10 a.m.-noon PDT.
  • Port of Long Beach invests in rail-focused terminal upgrades to handle growing traffic

    Sep 18, 2018 — To handle the mounting maritime traffic, the port in 2011 embarked on a nearly $1.5 billion project to combine two of its oldest terminals. Known as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, it calls for significantly renovating piers E and F, and expanding the on-dock rail yard from 10,000 linear feet to more than 70,000 linear feet.